Makeup brushes are magical and can make us look flawless. But they can also give us a wicked case of acne if we don’t wash them often.
Beauty experts recommend giving your brushes a thorough cleaning every week to rid them of residue, oil and bacteria. I don’t know about you, but I seldom remember and am lucky if I get to my makeup brush cleaning routine once a month.
The silly thing is: It’s truly an effortless endeavor. To prove my point, I dropped everything I was doing this afternoon and made it a priority to clean my makeup brushes. I’m delighted to share that it took a whopping five minutes. Easy breezy.
Here’s the simple, effective way to make your makeup brushes seem like new again:
Step one: Gather your materials
You’ll need all of your brushes, a nice big bowl filled with lukewarm water and shampoo. I prefer baby shampoo because it’s incredibly mild, but I also have a baby to go with that shampoo — use whatever you have in your bathroom. Drop about a tablespoon of shampoo into the water.
Step two: Dip
Take each brush and dip it into the soapy water. Move the brush around your bowl so that you help loosen any residue or grease trapped inside. Confession: I used to submerge my brushes in soapy water. Years after being taught to do this, I just learned it can ruin the glue. Lesson learned: Only get the bristles wet. Thank you to the commenters on this article for alerting me!
Step three: Rinse
Take your brushes out of the bowl of water and give each a separate rinse under cool running water. Again, no need to wash anything other than the bristles.
Step four: Lay them flat and Shape ’em
Lay all of your brushes flat on a dry dishcloth or small towel. Using your fingers, push the bristles of your brushes back into shape. Continue to allow them to dry overnight.
Seriously, that’s it — that’s all it takes!
Of course, you could get fancy and purchase a brush cleaner like Shu Uemura, which we hear is just lovely. How you handle your makeup brush business is totally up to you, but don’t neglect this crucial beauty step — your skin will thank you!